Iran summons Swiss amb. over US visa suspension

TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Swiss ambassador to Tehran to protest against the decision of the new US government to restrict arrivals from Iran.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Swiss ambassador to Tehran who looks after US interests in Iran, was summoned by Director General for the Americas at Iran's Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Keshavarz-Zadeh, and to receive the Islamic Republic’s note of protest against the recent executive order signed by US President Trump which puts restrictions and imposes discriminatory treatment on Iranian nationals who wish to travel to the US.

“During the meeting, the executive order by the US President for imposing restriction on Iranian nationals traveling to the US under baseless and discriminatory pretext was highlighted as unacceptable and contrary to human rights conventions and the legal and consular agreement of August 15, 1955 between the two countries,” Ghasemi stressed.

“Preserving and safeguarding the rights of Iranian nationals was also underscored in the meeting,” he added.

“The Swiss ambassador was reminded that Iranian people have been victims of terrorist groups backed by the US for the past decades and not only weren't they involved in any activities of extremist and terrorist groups, but have been considered as one of the most law-abiding citizens in any society in which they have chosen to reside,” he said.

“The Swiss ambassador while noting that he is aware of the of the news circulating in Iran on the recent US measure, maintained that he would immediately notify the US Department of State and report back the results to Iran’s Foreign Ministry,” Ghasemi concluded. 

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